Ruddigore: Hilarious Yet Sophisticated

As the spring semester came to a close, the comic opera Ruddigore captured the hearts of students, faculty, and guests. An ancient curse, painted portraits coming to life, and just a few love triangles—what more could the audience expect from a classic Gilbert and Sullivan?

Retired Artist in Residence Ray Gibbs lent his expertise to Ruddigore, returning to PCC to direct his twenty-third Fine Arts production. Having performed in leading operatic roles at the Met and all over the United States and Europe, Gibbs helped the cast reach a sophisticated level of performance. Additionally, Dr. David Hill of the PCC music faculty directed the musicians, coaching the vocalists and leading the instrumentalists to make the performance a success.

Following the adventures of Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd, Ruddigore transported the audience to the late 19th century when a virtuous farmer courted a fickle country maid and baronets committed crimes daily. In this twisting love story, the audience watched as the rightful baronet of Ruddigore broke his family’s curse and won the heart of fair Rose Maybud.

Ray Gibbs

Artistic Director
Ray Gibbs

David Hill

Musical Director
David Hill

David Hill

Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd
James Strasburg

HOlly Goforth

Rose Maybud
Holly Goforth

Stephen Spilger

Richard Dauntless
Stephen Spilger

Stephen Spilger

Mad Margaret
Megan Koser

Kollin Dembeck

Sir Despard Murgatroyd
Kollin Dembeck

Debbra Pope

Dame Hannah
Debbra Pope

Abran Miller

Roderick Murgatroyd
Abran Miller

Scott Roberts

Old Adam Goodheart
Scott Roberts

Published 5/13/2016